PCMLP and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies have a vibrant visitors’ programme. Below are some of the recent visitors and colleagues who have been engaged through this programme.
Marie Fierens holds a PhD in Information and Communication from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. She also received a postgraduated diploma in Conflict and development from Ghent University. She first worked on the question of the memory of genocide against the Tutsi that took place in Rwanda in 1994. Her thesis focused on two other African countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Côte d’Ivoire. By adopting a comparative perspective, she traced the development of the profession of newspaper journalist in both states, from the end of the colonial era until today. She works now as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Stremlau. Her postdoctoral project aims at investigating how the expansion of ICTs in the DRC has an impact on the professional identity of the Congolese journalists.
Alisha Patel is a Research Associate at PCMLP, currently working on the MeCoDem project. As part of the Kenya team, she is conducting research on the role of print media in democratic transitions and conflicts, using content analysis as a methodological framework. Other research interests and projects focus on the media and political mobilisation; the intersection of identity politics, political ideologies and hate speech; and the use of data visualization techniques to map spheres of democratic engagement in online spaces.
Toussaint Nothias is a media scholar working as a Researcher for the MeCoDEM project. As part of the Oxford team, he is conducting research on journalistic ethics and practices in Kenya. Toussaint is also a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. His thesis provides a comparative analysis of French and British press coverage of African news. It combines a discourse analysis of media texts (both their linguistic and visual dimensions) with interviews with foreign correspondents in Johannesburg and Nairobi. His research has notably appeared in Ecquid-Novi African Journalism Studies and Visual Communication, and has been presented at many international conferences including ACS Crossroads (2012), ICA (2013) and IAMCR (2014).